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2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Kia Optima

The Mazda6 has long been considered among the more special midsize sedans on the market. It has a sleek and athletic stance on the road as well as a high-performing and efficient powertrain. Even though crossover SUVs are all the rage now, nobody should sleep on Mazda’s flagship sedan. In order to clearly explain why this platform deserves a closer look from customers for the new model year, consider a comparison between the 2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Kia Optima. The two high-volume sedans are evenly matched overall; however, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers have a lot of reasons to visit the showroom. For the current model year, Mazda has introduced a more powerful engine option as well as an upgraded infotainment system that can match anything Kia has to offer. Schedule a test drive today by calling, 833-241-6312.

Being able to integrate a smartphone into a driver’s daily commuting experience is more of a requirement than a novelty these days. Mazda has answered the call by upgrading the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system to be compatible with applications from the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites. While the 2018 Kia Optima offers this capability as well, Mazda is so committed to delivering this cutting-edge experience that Mazda6 models produced before the capability was available can be retrofitted. A free update is available that will add the necessary software as well as new USB ports that provide shorter charging times. Kia has likely never offered this kind of service. Mazda has also doubled-down on refinement by introducing two top-end trims for the 2018 Mazda6. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature add upmarket materials and features to consider.


2018 Mazda6


2018 Kia Optima

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.6-L, 4-Cyl.
187/186 Horsepower/Torque 178/195
Six-speed Manual Transmission Seven-speed Automatic
Yes Avail. HUD No


Performance Specs

The base powertrain of the 2018 Mazda6 continues to consist of the SKYACTIV®-G naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to the SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual transmission. This will make up to 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Kia Optima owners have a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine of their own, but it tops out at fewer than 180 horsepower. Also, the new top trims of the 2018 Mazda6 benefit from the automaker’s innovative turbocharging technology.

The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims have a peak output of 227 horsepower, but that can be boosted to 250 horsepower by using premium grade gasoline. The top engine choice for the 2018 Optima peaks at 245 horsepower.



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